Galleries & Events
Lecture: PUBLIC ART IN SCANDINAVIA: CULTURAL POLICY, INSTITUTIONS, AND PURPOSE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AND THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 3:30 P.M. | SNYDER MEMORIAL ROOM 2110
Presented by Inger Krog, Special Consultant for Visual Arts The Danish Arts Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Denmark
Topics will include:
- Cultural policy and practice in The Danish Arts Foundation
- How and by whom is art commissioned
- Differences between how state institutions and private curators function in the public art sphere
- Urban Planning and Urban Design
- Socially Engaged Art
- Conflict and/or Consensus – Mediating the public, artistic freedom, and institutions.
Ms. Krog appears as a guest of the Arts Diplomacy Course, Department of Art. For additional information please call The Department of Art at 419.530.8303
CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2015-16 UT Digital Billboard Art Exhibition
DEADLINE NOV. 30, 2015
The College of Communication and the Arts is seeking submissions of original artwork for a city-wide digital billboard exhibition. Artworks will be selected from the pool of submissions to be displayed on the digital billboards as part of the UTDBAE. Selection will be made by a 3 person faculty panel. Jury decisions are at the sole discretion of the judges. Selected artworks will be aesthetically pleasing, positive and uplifting in nature, and will differentiate themselves from the visual characteristics of the advertisements that are typically seen on digital billboards. The competition is open to all majors in the College of Communications and the Arts. For details download the flyer.
art EXHIBIT & Opening: PIECE IT TOGETHER
Thursday, October 15, 6-9 p.m. | UT Center for the Visual Arts - Main gallery
Exhibit Dates: October 12 - december 11
Two emerging women artists -Shanna Merola (Detroit, MI) and Sheida Soleimani (Providence,
RI) will present their work. The exhibit is both artistic and a protest statement.
Soleimani, an Iranian-American artist, will display her current series of works, entitled
‘National Anthem’, which melds sculpture, collage and photography to create collisions
in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century. Merola is a conceptual
artist and documentary photographer for grassroots social justice organizations. She
works for the National Lawyers Guild, coordinating legal support for activists. Her
work, a series of landscapes, “We All Live Downwind,” has been carved from daily headlines
of disaster. On the surface, rubble hints at layers of oil and shale, cracked and
bubbling from the earth below. Rising from another mound, rows of empty mobile homes
bake beneath the summer sun. The bust of small towns left dry in the aftermath of
supply and demand.
The artists will be on hand at the opening which is free and open to all.
Artist Statement - WE ALL LIVE DOWN RIVER
The landscapes in “We All Live Downwind,” have been carved from daily headlines of disaster. On the surface, rubble hints at layers of oil and shale, cracked and bubbling from the earth below. Rising from another mound, rows of empty mobile homes bake beneath the summer sun. The bust of small towns left dry in the aftermath of supply and demand. In this place, only fragments of people remain, their mechanical gestures left tending to the chaos on auto. Reduced to survival, their struggle against an increasingly hostile environment goes unnoticed. Beyond the upheaval of production a bending highway promises never ending expansion - and that low rumble you hear to the west is getting louder.
Artist Statement - National Anthems
Recognizing the cultural dualities in my upbringing, my work explores identity formed by personal memories and stories my parents expressed to me as a child. In the 1979 Iranian Revolution, my father was a political activist against the Ayatollah’s totalitarian regime, and was suppressed for his pro-democratic beliefs. In return, my mother was imprisoned and tortured while the government tried to learn about my father’s whereabouts. Their revolutionary stories regarding a time of societal upheaval in Iran were initiatives for me to create collisions in regards to my own critical perspectives on past historical issues, as well as their relevance today.
Arts Diplomacy Mural
Now on view | 1001 Indiana Ave, Toledo
Students in the Arts Diplomacy class at The University of Toledo worked with members of the Toledo community to create a public mural under the direction of artist Dave Loewenstein. The mural is at the entrance to the James B. Simmons, Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building.
The subject of the mural was determined through a collaborative process involving University of Toledo students and Frederick Douglass Community Association members and stakeholders.